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Re: Falconry Day

I have posted my final set - here: http://dpnow.com/forum2/showthread.php?t=15947

The visit to fensfalconry will be a memorable one for me in so many ways.

The last few days spent processing the images taken has been a pleasure too.

Again thanks to all involved in the day and the many friendly members attending.


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Some stunners on here! I don't think I will be giving up on my HG glass if this is the quality that is being produced.
To be fair I think the m.Zuiko 75-300 is also a star in this line-up and Andy rates it very highly. But the 50-200SWD has also worked brilliantly. Andy also believes that the E-M1 works well with the older micromotor Four Thirds lenses, possibly being more stable with AF, if slower in that respect.

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Re: Falconry Day

The 75-300 is a fine lens - sharpness is great and way better than the FT 70-300 (which I suspect was made for Olympus by Sigma based on a Sigma design). I have borrowed a mk I 50-200 from Ian to compare with the SWD version. The older lenses are dirt cheap on eBay and you can pick them up for under 300. That's a heck of a lot of lens for the price. I'll be posting some guidance about the settings etc. for BIF shortly.

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That's interesting Andy. I was thinking of selling mine as I hardly use it but if the price has dropped that much I'll wait for your guidance and settings and give it a bit more use.
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Re: Falconry Day

Mark good luck with the RAW files I did the same and still haven't gone through all my shots. I've been wishing I'd taken a few jpgs as they are just so much less hassle. I was thinking of starting a thread called Dumb RAW questions cos I've certainly got lots of them. For me the learning curve looks pretty steep but as I didn't take any jpgs then I've got no choice. Maybe that was the incentive I needed to get to grips with RAW though .
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Re: Falconry Day

Three more from the day -

I have to admit I did not shoot in raw and although I began the day using manual mode, I did revert to my usual 'bird' settings at times! I just need more practice and I intend to do this on future sorties.

1. This one was taken in manual -



However the next two were in aperture mode -

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All, as before on OM-D, E-M1, 75-300mm lens.

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Re: Falconry Day

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Mark good luck with the RAW files I did the same and still haven't gone through all my shots. I've been wishing I'd taken a few jpgs as they are just so much less hassle. I was thinking of starting a thread called Dumb RAW questions cos I've certainly got lots of them. For me the learning curve looks pretty steep but as I didn't take any jpgs then I've got no choice. Maybe that was the incentive I needed to get to grips with RAW though .
What was the logic for only shooting Raw Phill? I always shoot Raw+JPG, so you have the option.

If you really want JPGs for some without any processing of note, you could probably batch process JPGs from the Raws in Oly Viewer at the shot settings. Or write them in camera from the Raws if still on the card, but that sounds a bit cumbersome.
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Re: Falconry Day

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What was the logic for only shooting Raw Phill? I always shoot Raw+JPG, so you have the option.

If you really want JPGs for some without any processing of note, you could probably batch process JPGs from the Raws in Oly Viewer at the shot settings. Or write them in camera from the Raws if still on the card, but that sounds a bit cumbersome.
As Andy Elliot advised the reason for RAW only was to reduce in-camera processing time and thus write-time - essential for fast action BIF work.

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As Andy Elliot advised the reason for RAW only was to reduce in-camera processing time and thus write-time - essential for fast action BIF work.

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Ah, that 's true thanks David. I don't think it affects the shooting frame rate, but obviously the write time for the buffer is increased, preventing another rapid batch for a while.
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Re: Falconry Day

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To be fair I think the m.Zuiko 75-300 is also a star in this line-up and Andy rates it very highly. But the 50-200SWD has also worked brilliantly. Andy also believes that the E-M1 works well with the older micromotor Four Thirds lenses, possibly being more stable with AF, if slower in that respect.

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Bruce has sent me some examples using the one he bought at the NEC. They certainly look pretty good. Maybe I need to hire one to see for myself.
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Re: Falconry Day

Dave if you can get one at a price close to what they were offering them at the show (£300) I'd just get it. I've been really impressed with mine since I've had it. I know this is noisy (haven't done any nr on it) but I took this handheld grab shot with it on Sunday. Pretty good detail I thought.

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Re: Falconry Day

Has anyone done, or seen published, a comparison of the newer version of the m.Zuiko against the Panasonic 100-300 specifically for BIF or other fast action? I haven't found much on the web.

I suspect any improvement wouldn't be enough to make it worth my while swapping - especially when my photographic incompetence is factored in (!) and remembering that I should be saving for the forthcoming 40-150 (and maybe the 300).

Any thoughts would be most welcome.
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Has anyone done, or seen published, a comparison of the newer version of the m.Zuiko against the Panasonic 100-300 specifically for BIF or other fast action? I haven't found much on the web.

I suspect any improvement wouldn't be enough to make it worth my while swapping - especially when my photographic incompetence is factored in (!) and remembering that I should be saving for the forthcoming 40-150 (and maybe the 300).

Any thoughts would be most welcome.
The only difference apart from a cosmetic one is that the new version has improved lens coatings but the old lens didn't suffer from flare anyway. All my shots on Sunday were taken with a Mark 1 75-300 without a lens hood

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Re: Falconry Day

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The only difference apart from a cosmetic one is that the new version has improved lens coatings but the old lens didn't suffer from flare anyway. All my shots on Sunday were taken with a Mark 1 75-300 without a lens hood

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Yes, certainly no problems there!

I was really wondering over the relative fast focussing abilities of the Oly vs the Panny.
I find the 100-300 pretty sharp throughout the range as long as you use proper support at the long end.
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Re: Falconry Day

Hi everyone!

Had a great day on Sunday but so far not been able to post anything as I can't figure out how to upload the images, I am sure I will eventually find out how!

Really enjoyed the challenge, I used Andy's settings to start with but I found I had to up the recommended shutter speed a bit when the birds were flying/hovering towards me. I have done a lot of aviation work but I was really surprised at just how hard you had to work, some of the other members images on here are amazing, sorry I mean all of them!

Was really pleased to see the EM-1 can cope with moving subject and will be upgrading my E5 next year or asap, bit of a big purchase to get past the wife. The odd Micro 3/4 lens is small enough to get in the house without her noticing. Furthermore having borrowed the amazing 75mm I also want, sorry need one of these now!

Have posted some images on my 'Flickr' stream if anyone would like a look??

Thanks again to Andy for his tuition, took plenty of tips away for my other passion Aviation photography.


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